Kristen Seaman

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Associate Professor
Director of Undergraduate Studies
Phone: 541-346-7312
Office: 251C Lawrence Hall
Research Interests: Greek and Roman Art and Archaeology

Yale University, BA

University of California at Berkeley, MA and PhD

Kris Seaman is an associate professor in the Department of the History of Art and Architecture and an affiliated faculty member in the Department of Classics. Educated at Yale University and the University of California at Berkeley, she was a Regular Member at the American School of Classical Studies at Athens, Greece, and she carried out additional archaeological training at the American Academy in Rome, Italy. She has done archaeological fieldwork in Greece, Israel, Italy, and the United States, and she has studied the practice of stone-carving.

Her research deals with Greek art and architecture and its interaction with Rome and the Middle East. She is the author of Rhetoric and Innovation in Hellenistic Art (Cambridge 2020) and the co-editor (with Peter Schultz) of Artists and Artistic Production in Ancient Greece (Cambridge 2017). Currently, she is working on a book project that explores labor, ethnicity, and multiculturalism in the Greek sculpture industry, and she is examining excavated sculpture and tools from a sculptural workshop in the Athenian Agora. 

Kris has received several fellowships and grants, including funding from the Fulbright Foundation, the Loeb Classical Library Foundation, the National Endowment for the Humanities, the State Scholarships Foundation of Greece (IKY), and the von Bothmer Publication Fund of the Archaeological Institute of America.

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Recently Advised MA Portfolio Papers, PhD Qualifying Papers, and Theses
Egyptian Imagery in the Roman Wall-painting Isiac Ritual Worship from Herculaneum
Graffiti, Space, and Gender in the House of Maius Castricius at Pompeii
The Image of a Working Woman in a Fresco from the Caupona of Salvius at Pompeii
The Ninnion Tablet and Women's Power in the Eleusinian Mysteries
Representations of Enslaved People on Athenian Grave Stelai
Self-fashioning and Labor Exploitation on the Igel Column in Roman Gaul
The Venus de Milo, Archaeogaming, and the Japanese Video Game Site La Mulana
Viewing Greek and Roman Elements in Augustus’s Actium Monument at Nikopolis
Selected Courses

ARH 204  Ancient Mediterranean Art

ARH 321  Ancient Jewish Art and Architecture

ARH 322  Greek Art and Architecture

ARH 323  Roman Art and Architecture

ARH 411  Critical Approaches to Art-historical Study

ARH 4|521 Topics in Ancient Mediterranean Art.  Courses include:

          Classical Greek Art and Architecture

          Cultural Interaction in Greek and Roman Art and Architecture

          Gender, Ethnicity, and Status in Greek and Roman Art and Architecture

          Greek Sculpture in Cities and Landscapes

          Hellenistic Art and Architecture

ARH 607  Art and Work

ARH 611  Art Historical Theories and Methodologies

HC 221H  Identity in the Ancient Mediterranean